Statewide AzMERIT TestingAzMERIT is the assessment given to third- through 11th-graders in Arizona that determines how students are learning based on Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards. In November 2014, the Arizona State Board of Education voted to replace AIMS with AzMERIT.Performance labels for AzMERIT are Highly Proficient, Proficient, Partially Proficient and Minimally Proficient. Cut-off scores for each performance label were determined based on what students at each grade level should know, not by the percentage of questions students answered correctly. See detailed performance level descriptors for AzMERIT.Students who took AzMERIT may be less proficient than they were on AIMS. Remember: AzMERIT is not at all comparable to AIMS. This decrease is not a reflection of students' learning or the quality of their education. With new standards and a new assessment, we need to redefine our expectations. AzMERIT scores are expected to increase over time, and more rigorous standards mean our students will be better prepared than ever to enter into an increasingly competitive world upon graduation.
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What is AzMERIT?
AzMERIT replaced the AIMS test in reading, writing, and math for Arizona students in grades 3 through high school.
AzMERIT is better aligned with what your child is learning in the classroom. It goes beyond multiple choice questions to measure real learning, with a focus on assessing critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
Tips to Help Your Child
Set shared goals with your child's teacher for what your child needs to know and be able to do during this school year:
Grade-by-Grade Parent Study Guide
Check in with your child's teacher regularly on your child's progress.
Help your child continue learning at home with fun activities you can do together.
Talk with your child about AzMERIT and other tests. Your conversations can help reduce your child's fear or anxiety when taking tests.
If test scores look lower than you are used to, talk to your child's teacher and work together to determine a plan to help your child improve.